SUMMER U

Laurentian researcher Sandra Dorman helps fire rangers fight fatigue

Sandra Dorman of Laurentian University has been working to help fire rangers assess when they are fatigued, and how to prevent it from leading to injury on the job.

Sandra Dorman has been working to help fire rangers assess when they are fatigued, and how to prevent it from leading to injury on the job.

Dorman is the director of the The Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University. The centre works with companies and government agencies to find ways to reduce workplace injuries.

At the Ministry of Natural Resources, her team has been assessing levels of fatigue among fire rangers who battle forest fires, measuring everything from the physical exertion of the job to the foods they eat while working.

The next stage of the research will aim to help fire rangers reduce their fatigue, which could reduce the potential for injuries on the job.

Dorman shared more about her research with Megan Thomas on CBC Radio One's Morning North:

Listen to the interview

Our weekly feature looks at research going on at Laurentian University. This week a faculty member in human kinetics tells host Megan Thomas about her research into fatigue and fire fighters. 8:28

Graduate students Ayden Robertson, Zach McGillis and Phd candidate Caleb Leduc are also assisting with the research.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.